How Much Does It Cost to Amputate a Dog’s Leg?

A dog leg amputation can be as low as $500 or as costly as $3000. Pricing for a leg amputation is difficult to estimate as there are many variables:

  • Partial amputation
  • Full amputation
  • Amputation with shoulder removal

Your vet clinic fees also have an impact, as do any additional treatments such as pre-op blood tests, painkillers, anti-inflammatory medication and each night stay in the clinic.

In the UK, there is a huge difference depending on geographic location. Complex surgeries tend to be more expensive in the south, with prices starting at around £700.

How much is a prosthetic leg for a dog?

It is important to understand that not all dogs are suitable candidates for prosthesis. There must be some of the limb left for the prosthetic leg to be attached to or it will not function effectively.

Prices tend to start around $200-$300 for basic prosthesis design and fit. More complex designs, material manufacture or size of the prosthesis will increase the overall cost.

For a medium or large breed dog requiring a full leg prosthesis, you should expect to pay $600-$1000 depending on the company you choose and the complexity of the prosthesis itself.

How can I help my dog with leg amputation?

Having a limb amputation can be a scary and disorientating experience. You cannot explain to a dog that their leg has been amputated, but there are things you can do to make them feel more comfortable.

  • Most importantly, you must not allow them to lick or bite at the wound after surgery, as this can lead to infection. An Elizabethan collar or inflatable neck collar will prevent them from being able to reach the wound.
  • Your veterinarian will show you how to change your dog’s bandages. This is an important part of the aftercare and helps promote healing.
  • You should expect a little swelling and for your dog to be a little uncomfortable for the first few days. This will settle soon, provided you follow the prescription instructions for their painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication.
  • Stick to short 5-10 minutes walks close to home for the first week. Your dog will be tired and needs to adjust to walking with 3 legs. Your dog will take a little time to learn how to use his weight to balance and they may experience fantom limb episodes for a while.
  • You can purchase a harness for your dog to help him adjust to the new sensations and change of balance after his surgery. A chest harness is best for front leg amputation, while a body harness works best for hindleg amputation.
  • You should use the harness during walks and for toilet trips for the first week or so until your dog can move about comfortably on their own.

Every dog is different and the time they take to adjust will vary between individual dogs. Some may take a few days to settle from the surgery, while others may struggle to learn weight-bearing on their remaining legs.

Speak to your veterinarian if you think your dog needs additional support.

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Hannah Elizabeth is an English animal behavior author, having written for several online publications. With a degree in Animal Behaviour and over a decade of practical animal husbandry experience, Hannah's articles cover everything from pet care to wildlife conservation. When she isn't creating content for blog posts, Hannah enjoys long walks with her Rottweiler cross Senna, reading fantasy novels and breeding aquarium shrimp.

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